Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Teddy Weeks

Head Swim Coach

Email:  [email protected]

Teddy Weeks has been Head Coach of the Valley Shore YMCA Marlins Swim Team since April 2015. 

I went to Southern Connecticut State University and was a college swimmer all four years. I graduated in 2009 with my Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and a Minor in School Health. I am currently a Physical Education teacher for New Haven Public Schools. I started coaching swimming in 2010 at the Fairfield YMCA. I was the head coach from 2010-2013. While at Fairfield, I had over 30 swimmers qualify for New England YMCA Championships and 3 YMCA National swimmers all working out of a 3 lane pool.

Davide Mendonca

Assistant Swim Coach

I am a student at Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in accounting. I’ve been swimming since a very young age, first taking lessons at the valley shore YMCA, and my first competitive experience was with the Marlins. I swam with the marlins from the age of 10 until I graduated high school. I then swam with SCSU’s team. I am very excited to be a part of this team, knowing first hand how great of a program this really is. Let’s make this year the best one yet!

Travis McDaniel

​Assistant Swim Coach

Travis Mcdaniel started his swimming career at the age of 9 for Sharks Aquatic club out of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. During his time with the Sharks he was able to qualify for the Junior Olympics. He then continued to swim all through high school, qualifying for Regionals and States from 2003-2007. Became 13th in the state for the 500 freestyle in 2006. Was on the winning State Championship 400 meter freestyle relay in 2007, which broke the high schools record. After high school he was an assistant coach to the High School team for one year. Travis attended Appalachian State University from 2008-2009 and was a member of their club swim team. In 2010 he decided to join the US Navy as a Special Operations Navy Diver. He is excited to use his knowledge and skills for the the swim season.


Mary Kate Malone

Assistant Swim Coach

I completed my undergraduate degree at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. I studied International Relations and Arabic Studies, as well as, swimming all four years (distance freestyle). I did my graduate work on Middle East Politics in London, UK and have lived in the Middle East for a short period of time. Since the conclusion of my swimming career, I've transitioned to running half marathons and starting to train for triathlons. Like Teddy, I greatly believe in perfecting technique for stroke efficiency and I believe efficiency equals speed. Additionally, I stress the importance of mobility and conditioning work to promote injury prevention and swimming longevity. I've taught swim lessons since of was 16 and this will be my first position as an assistant coach on a swim team. I love swimming and I'm so excited to help young swimmers find the love for swimming I have and reach their full potential!